I previously shared how much I love my grandma’s boiled dinner. I’ve heard it called Irish boiled dinner and New England boiled dinner. Frankly, they both look the same to me. Since we’re neither Irish nor from New England, it’s just boiled dinner to me. Since St. Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us, this is going to be “Irish” boiled dinner today.
Grandma’s “Irish” Boiled Dinner Recipe
I started making this in the exact same blue cast iron pot that I got from my grandma, but it ended up being too small to fit everything in it. I probably used too many vegetables, so I ended up having to transfer it into another pot. Just figure you’re going to need a big pot if you use as many vegetables as I did.
I love using baby carrots because I don’t have to do anything except dump them in which is what I did here. I’m sure my grandma peeled (actually she scraped carrots with a knife instead of a peeler) whole carrots and cut them up. Ah, the good old days.
I cut up 2 onions into chunks. The next time I make this I’m going to add more. I just love cooked onions!
I think this is where I added too many vegetables. Or maybe I didn’t cut the potatoes small enough. I’m not sure. I used 4 medium sized potatoes, so the next time I think I’ll use 2 or 3. We never end up eating all of the potatoes anyway.
Here is where everything had to get dumped into a bigger pot. I used about half of a smallish cabbage and just cut it into chunks. I feel like Grandma added more cabbage to hers than this, but it’s been a long time since I last had this dinner made by her hands.
I bought a precooked ham piece and just cut it into big chunks and threw it in. Since it was precooked, I didn’t have to cook it first like the traditional Irish or New England dinners that use corned beef do. I never even knew what corned beef was until I was in my thirties! I’m still not quite sure what it is, but I have had it on Ruebens…I think.
Then I just covered it pretty much to the top with water and added a tablespoon of salt to the cooking water. Put the lid on, bring it to a boil, and cook it until it is done.
- Cut up all of the ingredients and place in a large pot
- Cover with water
- Salt water
- Bring to a boil
- Simmer on low until done, about 45 minutes
Do you make boiled dinner?
Have you made boiled dinner before? What do you call it? What’s a recipe your grandma made that you love? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you!